Empress Ki

Actress Ha Ji-won (left) and actor Ji Chang-wook on the set of MBC’s epic “Empress Ki, Battle of Flowers.” [MBC]

MBC historic epic “Empress Ki, Battle of Flowers” has continued its winning streak, while KBS’s romantic comedy “Marry Him If You Dare” closed its curtain with a sad air.

“Empress Ki” broke its highest ratings record for three weeks running and topped AGB Nielsen Media Research (Nielsen Korea)’s ratings chart again with an average viewership of 18.4 percent on December 2 and 3, the chart showed on Wednesday.

Sitting at the No. 2 place is SBS’s new melodrama “One Warm Word,” which grabbed an average of 7.6 percent of total viewers in its first airing week.

Starring Han Hye-jin, Lee Sang-woo, Kim Ji-soo and Ji Jin-hee, the new drama will depict two married couples’ conflicts and their complicated reality of marriage life.

KBS’s romantic comedy series “Marry Him If You Dare,” starring Yoon Eun-hye, Lee Dong-gun and Jung Yong-hwa of CNBLUE, closed its 16-part time-travelling love and success stories with an average mark of only 4.4 percent.

As the follow-up to the disappointing romcom, “Prime Minister & I,” starring YoonA of Girls’ Generation and Lee Bum-soo, will fill up the empty spot from next Monday.

Opposite to Lee of KBS’s “IRIS 2,” YoonA will turn into newbie reporter Nam Da-jung, who gets into a romantic scandal with new prime minister Gwon Yul (Lee), a single father of three children after losing his wife. Nam gets married with Gwon only to keep his position.

Meanwhile, TNmS’s (Total National Multimedia Statistic) survey showed the three programs in the same order yet slightly lower numbers than Nielsen Korea’s.

“Empress Ki” grabbed the sixth top seed with an average score of 18.1 percent, while “One Warm Word” and “Marry Him” followed next two spots, each with average numbers of 7.3 and 4.1 percent, respectively.


Marry Him If You Dare

From left, actress Yoon Eun-hye, actor Lee Dong-gun and singer/actor Jung Yong-hwa of band CNBLUE. [Annex Telecom]

Reporter. Cory Lee

Courtesy of MBC